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Esh Walk

This gravel walk offers breathtaking views of Sliabh Beagh and the surrounding counties.

Breathtaking views of Sliabh Beagh.

This gravel walk winds its way through forestry tracks between 180-300 metres above sea level, providing breathtaking views of Sliabh Beagh and the surrounding counties.

This walk starts on the opposite of the road from a small parking bay just over 4km from the Sliabh Beagh Hotel. It is worth deviating briefly off the route to the left just 400 metres into the walk and following a small stream to “Poll an Aifrin”, the location where mass were said during Penal Days. A small memorial was erected at this site.

Back on the main walk the route follows a small tributary of the Blackwater for a kilometre or so. Here in the open glen you might see a kestrel swooping on field mice or vole along the banks of the stream, or spot squirrel or a pine martin. Continue up a short but steep slope. Once you have your breath back you’ll feel the peace of this secluded setting and possibly be greeted by the call of the cuckoo.

Having reached a junction, you can proceed around this longer loop in either direction. Up on the main body of the walk there are excellent views northwards towards Ballygawley and Aughnacloy. You’ll also catch sight of the Penal Cross where Fr. McKenna was shot in 1838. Southwards, there are panoramic views of the midlands or “uplands” as they are referred to locally.

  • Length: 9k
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Format: Looped
  • Difficulty: Moderate

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